Gary Russell Jr.

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Gary Russell Jr.
Gary Russell, Jr.jpg
Russell Jr. (center) in 2010
Statistics
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 4+12 in (164 cm)[1]
Reach64 in (163 cm)[1]
NationalityAmerican
Born (1988-06-05) June 5, 1988 (age 33)
Washington, D.C., U.S.[2]
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record[3]
Total fights32
Wins31
Wins by KO18
Losses1

Gary Allen Russell Jr. (born June 5, 1988) is an American professional boxer who has held the WBC featherweight title since 2015.[4] As of June 2021, he is ranked as the world's best active featherweight by The Ring[5] magazine, BoxRec,[6] and by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.[7]

As an amateur, Russell won a bantamweight bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships.[8] In 2011, he was named Prospect of the Year by The Ring,[9] Sports Illustrated,[10] and ESPN.[11]

Amateur career and Olympics[edit]

Russell's quest for a medal ended prematurely as he missed the Olympic weigh-in hours after losing consciousness in his Olympic Village dorm room.[12] Gary ended his amateur career with a record of 163-10.

Professional career[edit]

Russell Jr made his HBO debut on Saturday night against Leonilo Miranda, the co-feature to the main event of Andre Berto vs. Jan Zaveck from the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.[8]

Russell had a stellar 2011, defeating Feider Viloria, Adolfo Landeros, Antonio Meza, and Leonilo Miranda. On July 23 Russell faced Eric Estrada on the undercard for the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah fight at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Russell put on a brilliant performance winning an easy unanimous decision.[13]

Russell Jr vs. Diaz[edit]

On May 19, 2018, Russell Jr fought WBC #1 at featherweight Joseph Diaz.[14] Diaz challenged Russell Jr on multiple occaions, but in the end Russell Jr was too busy, too fast and too ring savvy for the challenger. All three judges saw Russell Jr as the clear winner, awarding him the unanimous decision victory.[15]

Russell Jr vs. Martinez[edit]

In his next fight, Russell Jr fought Kiko Martinez, who was ranked #3 by the WBC.[16] Russell Jr dominated Martinez over five rounds, before the fight was stopped due to a severe cut over Martinez's left eye.[17]

Russell Jr vs Nyambayar[edit]

In his following fight, Russell defended his belt against the undefeated Tugstsogt Nyambayar, ranked #1 by the WBC.[18] Russell Jr dominated Nyambayar throughout most of the rounds, which earned him a win on all three judges' scorecards, 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112 for his fifth consecutive successful title defence.[19]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
32 fights 31 wins 1 loss
By knockout 18 0
By decision 13 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 Win 31–1 Mongolia Tugstsogt Nyambayar UD 12 Feb 8, 2020 United States PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBC featherweight title
31 Win 30–1 Spain Kiko Martínez TKO 5 (12), 2:52 May 18, 2019 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBC featherweight title
30 Win 29–1 United States Joseph Diaz UD 12 May 19, 2018 United States MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. Retained WBC featherweight title
29 Win 28–1 Colombia Óscar Escandón TKO 7 (12), 0:59 May 20, 2017 United States MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. Retained WBC featherweight title
28 Win 27–1 Republic of Ireland Patrick Hyland KO 2 (12), 1:33 Apr 16, 2016 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Retained WBC featherweight title
27 Win 26–1 Mexico Jhonny González TKO 4 (12), 0:37 Mar 28, 2015 United States Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC featherweight title
26 Win 25–1 United States Christopher Martin Peña UD 10 Dec 20, 2014 United States Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.
25 Loss 24–1 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko MD 12 Jun 21, 2014 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. For vacant WBO featherweight title
24 Win 24–0 Mexico Miguel Tamayo KO 4 (8), 1:04 Jan 30, 2014 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 United States Juan Ruiz UD 10 Aug 9, 2013 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Russia Vyacheslav Gusev UD 10 Mar 2, 2013 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Roberto Castaneda KO 3 (10), 1:25 Nov 9, 2012 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Christopher Pérez TKO 3 (10), 1:41 Jun 30, 2012 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Heriberto Ruiz KO 1 (10), 2:12 Nov 26, 2011 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Leonilo Miranda UD 8 Sep 3, 2011 United States Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Eric Estrada UD 8 Jul 23, 2011 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Antonio Meza KO 4 (8), 2:42 Jun 17, 2011 United States State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Adolfo Landeros UD 6 Apr 15, 2011 United States Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Colombia Feider Viloria TD 7 (8), 0:50 Jan 28, 2011 United States Four Points by Sheraton, San Diego, California, U.S. Unanimous TD: Viloria cut from an accidental head clash
13 Win 13–0 United States Guadalupe de Leon UD 6 Oct 28, 2010 United States Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Willie Villanueva KO 1 (6), 2:56 Sep 25, 2010 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Colombia Mauricio Pastrana TKO 1 (6), 1:46 Jul 22, 2010 United States Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Rodrigo Aranda KO 2 (6), 0:34 Jun 24, 2010 United States Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Puerto Rico Carlos Diaz KO 1 (6), 1:32 Apr 16, 2010 United States The New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Jairo Delgado KO 1 (6), 2:38 Feb 19, 2010 United States Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States David Orosco Cano TKO 1 (4), 2:58 Jan 30, 2010 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Rodrigo Romero TKO 3 (4), 0:38 Dec 18, 2009 United States Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Hinckley, Minnesota, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Noe Lopez Jr. UD 4 Oct 23, 2009 United States Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Jason Jones TKO 1 (4), 0:28 Aug 7, 2009 United States Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Alvaro Muro UD 4 May 1, 2009 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Ecuador John Wampash UD 4 Feb 14, 2009 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Antonio Reyes TKO 3 (4), 0:21 Jan 16, 2009 United States Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Premier Boxing Champions tale of the tape prior to the Kiko Martínez fight.
  2. ^ "BoxRec: Gary Allen Russell Jr". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  3. ^ "Boxing record for Gary Russell Jr". BoxRec.
  4. ^ "Boxing World Champions - Full List Across All Weight Divisions". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  5. ^ "Ratings". The Ring. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  6. ^ "BoxRec: Ratings". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  7. ^ "Rankings – Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  8. ^ a b http://www.badlefthook.com/2011/8/30/2393347/berto-vs-zaveck-undercard-gary-russell-jr-boxing-prospect-spotlight-hbo-boxing
  9. ^ Doug Fischer (December 28, 2011). "Readers vote Gary Russell Jr. the Prospect of the Year for 2011". The Ring. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  10. ^ Chris Mannix (December 19, 2011). "Prospect of the Year - Gary Russell Jr. - SI.com's 2011 Boxing Awards". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  11. ^ Dan Rafael (December 27, 2011). "2011 ESPN.com prospect of the year Gary Russell Jr". ESPN. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  12. ^ "U.S. boxer Russell collapses, out of Olympics - 2008 Olympics - SI.com". CNN. August 8, 2008.
  13. ^ "Russell Jr. eager to take the next step after another easy victory". RingTV.com. July 24, 2010.
  14. ^ "Russell Jr vs Diaz - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  15. ^ "Gary Russell outpoints Joseph Diaz, retains WBC featherweight title". The Ring. 2018-05-19. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  16. ^ "Russell Jr vs Martinez - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  17. ^ "Gary Russell Jr. makes easy work of Kiko Martinez, scores fifth round TKO". The Ring. 2019-05-18. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  18. ^ "Russell Jr vs Nyambayar - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  19. ^ Idec, Keith. "Gary Russell Tested, Beats Tugstsogt Nyambayar in Tough Fight". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2021-05-28.

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
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Torrence Daniels
U.S. Golden Gloves
bantamweight champion

2005
Next:
Efraín Esquivias
Previous:
Roberto Benitez
U.S. bantamweight champion
2005, 2006
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World boxing titles
Preceded by
Jhonny González
WBC featherweight champion
March 28, 2015 – present
Incumbent
Awards
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Michael Moorer
1988; discontinued until 2011
The Ring Prospect of the Year
2011
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Keith Thurman
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Canelo Álvarez
ESPN Prospect of the Year
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